Actors workshop with Mark Travis – Dublin

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    The Actor and Director in Rehersal and Performance- A Collaborative Relationship (starting 11/08/2008)

    •Mark Travis
    Mark Travis- Mark’s television directing credits include The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Capitol and the Emmy Award-winning PBS dramatic special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune Story. In 1990 he completed his first film, Going Under, for Warner Bros., starring Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty. In 1992 Mark opened a consulting and development company for directors, writers and producers. In 1999 he directed the documentary, Earlet and in 2001 he wrote and directed The Baritones (a parody of The Sopranos).
    Mark Travis has been represented as a director for many years on the Los Angeles and off-Broadway stages by such critically acclaimed productions as A Bronx Tale, Undressing New Jersey, Faithful, Once A Man Twice A Boy, Time Flies When You’re Alive, Cafe 50’s, No Place Like Home, Equus, Wings and The Coming of Stork.
    A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a former creative consultant to film director Mark Rydell, his highly praised work on A Bronx Tale, Survival of the Heart, Undressing New Jersey, Once A Man Twice A Boy, Wings, The Coming of Stork, Equus, the improvisational Linke vs. Redfield, and Verdigris have garnered a total of twenty-eight Drama-Logue, L.A. Weekly and Drama Critics’ Circle awards.

    Date: 11/08/2008
    Duration: 5 Days
    Venue: Dublin
    Cost: €375.00

    Application Procedure:
    Please apply online at by the 27th of June 2008. For further details please call Gráinne Bennett at 01 4830840.

    Participant Profile:
    This programme is aimed at actors and drama directors.

    Course Profile:
    At the heart of any good film is the script. But the script is only a written story and doesn’t truly come to life until interpreted and rendered by the director and the actors. And it is the work of the director and actors that brings life to the characters, to the story and allows the audience a personal experience.

    In this unique and demanding workshop ten directors and twenty actors are taken through a process that has two tracks. First, all will break down, analyse, rehearse and perform scenes from one script. Second, all will explore the delicate working process between actors and directors.

    Areas and skills covered in The Actor and Director in Rehearsal and Performance:
     Script Analysis
     Character Development
     Objectives and Obstacles
     Creating objectives and obstacles that enhance the scene
     The Character Arc in a scene
     Communicating with the Actor
     Communicating with the Director
     Improvisations and Rehearsal Exercises
     The Actor’s POV vs. The Director’s POV
     The Tool of Staging
     The Actor/Character Split
     The Actor/Character Meld

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